Only a serious dancer will appreciate these lessons. Karim Nagi connects music and rhythm to the dancer's body, and her expression of motion. Dancers follow the scales and Maqam with the 8-string Arabic buzuq, first by singing, then with their bodies. They learn to follow the melodic Taqsim improvisation, illustrating pauses and climaxes with their own improvised movement. The students learn the major themes of the Arabic Drum Solo. They learn to accent each sound and percussive theme with their body isolations. They also learn how to lead the drummer by communicating non-verbally, using only their body dynamics. Karim teaches these classes using clear and articulate verbal guidance, live music and drum, and movement examples. These classes help the dancer understand, embody and express Arab music.
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This DVD was produced by Suhaila International, LLC. Members of the Suhaila Salimpour School of Belly Dance Dance participated in the filmed workshop.
Karim Nagi is a native Egyptian musician, DJ, and folk dancer. He is the creator of Turbo Tabla, and has released two internationally distributed CDs of this unique brand of Arab House/Electronica using acoustic instruments. Karim has authored instructional DVDs for the Tabla/Doumbek and Riqq tambourine, as well as two rhythm compilation CDs. He is also well versed in the ultra-traditional styles of music and dance as the leader of the Sharq Arabic Music Ensemble, and the Arab Dance Seminar. Karim performs and teaches Tahteeb Cane Dance, Dabka Line Dance, and Zikr Sufi Dance. He taught at the New England Conservatory of Music for 5 years, and has lectured and presented at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Bowdoin, Princeton, Stanford, William & Mary, and several Community Colleges. He has recorded music for Bellydance Superstars, Bellyqueen, and the Bellytwins, as well as mainstream artists like Alicia Keys, and The Urban Griot Project. His performances boast a dynamic concoction of live drumming and dance, done in unison. Because of his proficiency in both music and dance, his workshops deliver students to a new physical understanding of the connection between these two disciplines. As a dance and drum teacher, Karim has taught in nearly all major bellydance festivals in the United States and Cairo, as well as all major Arab Culture festivals in the USA. Karim Nagi is a true crossover artist, uniting the Cabaret and Tribal, Traditional and the Modern, the Ethnic and the Urban.